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These 6 ESL Apps/Websites Will Pay You To Teach English Online

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Being born a native English speaker has incredible advantages, and the ability to have so many resources that allow you to teach English for some extra cash is just one of them. Here we’re listing 5 ESL apps and websites that pay you to teach without any previous experience. You can make anywhere from $10 – $45 per hour. For more questions, see our FAQ below.See one that’s not on the list? Let us know in the comments below.


VIPKID is one of the newer ESL apps on the market. This web-based education company connects you with Chinese speakers across the world in order to help them learn English. Unlike most apps on this list, VIPKID mostly focuses on the younger generation. This means you’ll be teaching kids from the ages of 4 – 12. Classes are typically short, lasting only about 25 minutes with the use of headsets and webcams. Since the pay is so high compared to most apps on this list, the requirements are a bit more strict. You must be a resident of the US or Canada and have a Bacherlor’s degree in any field. Not only that, but there’s an initial interview to determine your eligibility. You must be available for at least 15 different time slots per week and teach a minimum of 7.5 hours weekly. The great thing about this app is that all of the materials are prepared for you. The one thing you should keep in mind is that you’ll be teaching kids across the world, meaning your time zones may differ quite a bit. The best part? Short classes with a great pay of $14 – $22 per hour – you’ll never receive under $14/hour.

2. PalFish

PalFish is also a mobile app that’s available for both iOS and Android devices. Like NiceTalk, you also get paid by the minute, but what’s different about them is that you can set your own rate, earning you a maximum amount of around $45/hour. If you start off with such a high rate, you most likely won’t get any students. Until you get some positive reviews, we recommend starting at the average rate of $13.80/hour or lower. You get to choose your own hours. When you’re ready to speak, log-in and “go online.” From there students will reach out to you if they’re interested in becoming your student. Most of your students are going to be from China, so keep in mind the time difference when choosing your teaching schedule. When you invite a friend using a referral link you get a 20 RMB (currently $3 USD) bonus.

3. NiceTalk

NiceTalk is a mobile app that’s available for both iOS and Android devices. It was originally designed for Chinese students learning English to improve their language skills. WIth this in mind, you’ll mostly be teaching those from China. The only requirement is to speak English at a fluent level. To apply, enter in your email, create a profile, record a short video introduction, and start accepting incoming conversation requests. You can earn $10 for every hour you teach. NiceTalk pays you by the minute, so if you wanted to only teach for 15 minutes, you can still make a quick $2.50. You need a minimum of $20 to cash out, and payments are made automatically to your PayPal twice a month if you reach the minimum balance. Use the sign-up code RU3N2Ra to get a free $10 upon registration. You can also refer friends and get a bonus of $10 and give them a bonus of $10 when they sign-up.

4. Cambly

Cambly can be used either on your mobile device via an app or directly from your PC. Registration is incredibly simple, and there’s a lot of students currently registered. While this is great for finding prospective clients, there’s also quite a bit of competition between teachers. Payments are made via PayPal on the 1st and 15th of each month once you reach a minimum of $20. You are also paid by the minute, so if you only have a bit of time to spare you can book out early. Cambly has a unique feature in which you can register for a two-hour shift and even take in missed calls from other tutors. Otherwise, you’re setting your own schedule and waiting for students to contact you as long as your status displays that you’re online. Unfortunately, there’s no bonus for referring friends. Given this along with the fact that the pay rate is on par with other apps, it’s definitely my least favorite, but definitely worth a try to find more students.

5. SkimaTalk

SkimaTalk is the best on the list for those looking for great teaching resources. While you’re teaching, there’s an English dictionary that translates to almost any language imaginable and their interface is incredibly easy to use. There’s a lot of teachers currently registered, as long as you’re willing to take the time to create a good classroom environment and work on getting positive reviews, you won’t have any problem. They’re growing quite rapidly, so they do go through phases of needing teachers every once in a while. Unfortunately, you get paid by the hour. Unless you stick out the full 60 minutes, you won’t get paid unless your studnets happen to leave early. If you don’t show up for a class or don’t forget to cancel without enough notice, you will incur a penalty and money will be deducted from your account.

6. Italki

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iTalki is one of my favorite resources for learning since it allows English speakers to find partners for their target language, but it’s also great for teachers as well. You get to set your own rate, which usually ranges from around $5 – $40. However, if you go too high you’ll most likely won’t receive any students. Students can message you and ask for help. iTalki has been around for quite some time, so if you work hard and get a lot of positive reviews, you’ll have no problem getting students and setting decent rates. In fact, there are lots of people making a living from iTalki. When you use the bonus code 1174649 you automatically get $10 in credit into your account and so does the person referring you. However, this can only be used for learning a language and can’t be converted into cash.


Here are some common questions that readers have asked us.

How Are Lessons Conducted?

All of these companies require video chatting. If you don’t have a webcam, you will need to purchase one in order to get approved (for recording an introduction video) and for teaching. You can buy a cheap webcam for under $5 on Amazon.

How Can I Get More Students?

Your profile and video introduction are extremely important, especially if you’re just starting out. Take some time into filling out your profile and be unique. Make sure to list all of your skills, since some students will want to talk about specific topics. When recording your introduction video, speak with a loud and clear voice. If students are unable to understand you, it’s not going to help their English, and they’re not going to want to learn from you.

How Are Payments Made?

All payments from all companies listed are made via PayPal. Their minimum payout amount varies.

How Can I Make The Most Money?

If you’re really willing to hustle, we suggest registering for all 5 programs. When you’re ready to teach, go ahead and register as “online.” This will increase your chances of getting a student, and if you happen to get two requests at once you can always reject one.

Which App/Website Is The Best?

That depends on what you’re looking for. In terms of making the most amount of money, PalFish. However, without a set rate it’s going to be difficult to compete with other teachers, and you may have to start out extremely low before raising prices. In terms of resourcefulness, SkimaTalk. For overall use and learning languages yourself, we recommend iTalki.

Final Thoughts

These companies are great for those who are in between jobs or simply looking to make some extra cash in their spare time. While no experience is required, we still suggest putting up any teaching certificates or experience on your profile in order to attract students. If you have any questions or comments, you know where to leave them. Thanks for reading and happy teaching!

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